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What's the difference between wasting seed and having marital relations without the possibility of conception?

It is widely known that wasting seed is one of the big sins a person can commit. However, it seems that having relations when conception is not possible--such as during menopause or during ...
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Does saying “I promise…” constitute any halachic obligation?

If someone verbalizes to himself something like "I promise not to drink Coke for a year" and his intention is to create a prohibition for himself, what does the halacha have to say about this case? ...
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613.org, 613db.org: what happened to it?

There used to be a website, 613.org, with a huge trove of music and shiurim. It got hacked at some point; the site was removed and access to the files was presented through 613db.org. For the last ...
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Do Jews pray to deceased forefathers?

Shalom, I would like to know if Jews consider it acceptable to pray to deceased ancestors, forefathers, or "saints" like some Christians in the Catholic tradition do. Deuteronomy 18:11 would seem to ...
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Can a Chazan say mourner's kaddish? [on hold]

I need to say Kaddish for a parent but I am somewhat intimidated to be the only one in my shuel saying it. Is it possible for the Chazan to say the Mourners Kaddish and the Rabbi's Kaddish even if he ...
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How does Jewish Law look upon the concept of Abgefeimt?

Abgefeimt, trying to find a good example, would be like a person who legally engages in something that really sort of underhanded and fraudulent. How does Jewish Law look upon the concept of ...
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Liability for bed bugs

If one tenant in an apartment brings in bed-bugs (and that can be proven), and they spread throughout the building, and the other tenants have to vacate their apartments to be fumigated, or whatever ...
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Prince of Yerushalaim named Merishadek?

I have been asking a lot of questions lately. As you can guess, I have another. My auto mechanic is an Eastern European Jew whose father was a Charedi student in Romania (the man himself is not a very ...
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Where could an extreme ultra-orthodox baal t'shuva etc. realistically find a shidduch?

When it comes to shidduchim, the extreme ultra-orthodox (both chassidim and non-chassidim) often seem to discriminate against equally (or even more) religious (children of) baalei t'shuva, gerim, ...
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What constitutes an “Enemy of God”?

(I'm not referring here to Tenokim Shenishbu.) Devarim 7: "And he repays his enemies in his lifetime to make him perish, he shall noy delay for his enemy, in his lifetime shall he pay him". Who are ...
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Is one allowed to use a pedometer on Shabbat?

If the pedometer is reset and already on before Shabbat starts, am I allowed to attach it to my person and walk with it on Shabbat, within an eruv? It is electric, and it appears to count steps with a ...
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How do we know that a potential korban is not אֶתְנַן זוֹנָה וּמְחִיר כֶּלֶב?

 אֶתְנַן זוֹנָה וּמְחִיר כֶּלֶב are invalid for an offering. Devorim 23:19. For example, as Rashi explains, “If one exchanged a dog for a lamb [this lamb is unfit for a sacrifice].” How does the ...
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Is Mar'it Ayin instituted to prevent Lashon Hara or Motzi Shem Ra?

My understanding - Lashon Hara is gossip about the truth; Motzi Shem Ra is slander - based on false assumption. Let's say that someone saw me go into a non-kosher restaurant. All I did was use the ...
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When does Shabbat's capital punishment end?

If it's after nightfall, and you failed to make "Baruch hamavdil" or havdala at the end of Shabbat, are you liable to capital punishment (stoning) for all the work you did since as you would on ...
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Can you derive benefit from another Jew's melacha if it happened a long time ago?

We aren't supposed to derive benefit from melachot performed by other Jews on Shabbos. But what if it didn't happen this Shabbos? What if our guest brought a bottle of liquor as a gift last Shabbos, ...
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Enabling a Jew in a melacha

I know you're not supposed to do a melacha on Shabbos in order to prevent another Jew from doing one. But is it prohibited to do something (not a melacha) which will likely enable another Jew to do a ...
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Is there a problem with “Mar'it ayin” by attending a company picnic?

Theoretical: Let's say that a company plans a picnic in a "semi-park" area. I.e. - it is a tree-lined public thoroughfare that many people including Jews, walk through. (I added this fact b/c I have ...
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Compare Devarim 14:11 and Devarim 14:20- Is there a difference in meaning between “tzipor” and “of”?

The two verses Devarim 14:11 and 14:20 appear to say the same thing except that v 11 uses the word "tzipor" and v 20 uses the word "of". Aren't they the same thing? If yes, what is the second verse ...
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saying asher yatzar while in an improper state

If you used the bathroom but you're not in the right state to say Asher Yatzar (about to take a shower or not properly dressed). What should you do?
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What is the difference between kosher and permitted food?

I wish to allude to this answer, which distinguishes between "kosher" and "permitted" (and "non-kosher" and "forbidden") foods for purposes of knowing when to make a bracha. Can someone explain this ...
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What do “Batél Beshishim Lechatechila” and “ Mevatél Issur Lechatechila” mean?

What do "Batél Beshishim Lechatechila" and "Mevatél Issur Lechatechila" mean?
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Toasters in motels / cabins

I rented a cabin last week. In the kitchen was a clean toaster - not a toaster oven, but the "retro" kind for 2 slices of bread. Could I have used it? My assumption was it's OK b/c the electrical ...
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Is dvar sheina mitchaven permitted if the melacha is inevitable?

My question refers to the class of permitted actions that may inadvertently cause melachas as byproducts. (For example, with hair brushing, the intention is not to pull out the hair, but this does ...
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Loshon hara against non-Jews?

It would seem to be ethically(1) and Jewishly(2) inadvisable--but is there actually a halacha against speaking loshon hara about non-Jews? Related: Loshon Hara against public Jewish and non-Jewish ...
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Giving to a “mission” collection

In some religions, people accept upon themselves some kind of "mission" to do whatever act to help others. In many cases, it involves collections to send to the poor, or to 3rd world countries. The ...
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Rambam claiming some of Hazal were superstitious

I forgot where, but I remember reading the Rambam z"l saying that some Hazal believed in superstitions, ideas such as ayeen haro because they lived in small villages with lack of science, and ...
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Do all Jews claim to be the actual bloodline descendants of The Ancient Israelites?

I am Jewish and have Jewish friends. My Jewish friends and I don't believe that we are actual descendants of The Ancient Israelites nor do we feel that it matters if we are or not but I understand ...
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Is Nespresso usable on Pesach?

Can one use Nespresso coffee on Pesach? Would one need a separate machine?
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Coffee Machines in Hotels

Many hotels have coffee machines in the rooms. They also usually provide the necessary ingredients, such as disposable filters and coffee grinds. What are the potential problems with using such a ...
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when is shushing in a shul permited, when forbiden and when obligated

In my shul there is someone who shushes people that talk. He believes that he is obligated to do this. I understand that there is a prohibition against embarrassing people publicly and that sometimes ...
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Why does the use of horse manure as fertilizer not make produce non-kosher?

Horses are non-kosher and its manure is also non-kosher. If you use the manure as fertilizer on, say, potatoes, isn't there some concern that the potatoes may absorb some part of the manure? If so, ...
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Validity of Houston Kabbalah centers?

For you Houstoners, there is a building on S Shepherd called "The Kabbalah Center" that uses a map of the 10 sefirot as it's logo. It looks like something that might exist in other cities. All the ...
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Terumot and Maasrot in Israeli Shuks

Ordinary Israeli fruit and vegetable stands do not carry teudah. Does the Israeli government ensure terumot and maasrot are taken at some point? For example, can one taste produce in Machane Yehuda or ...
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Examples of having to choose between two “lavs”?

There are classic examples of having to choose between two positive commandments (e.g. if one only has money for one, do you buy wine for Shabbas or candles), and there are known cases where a ...
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Is there anything halachically or hashkafically wrong with installing reference computers in a Bet Midrash?

With the vast amount of information available on the web, I am curious why I have not seen any Batei Midrash equipped with a number of central computers that can access only "kosher" web sites geared ...
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Translation of 'Takana'

What would a fitting colloquially accepted translation of the word takana be? Assuming we are dealing of course with a rabbinic decree and so as to convey the intent as apposed to 'gzeira', 'syag', ...
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Explain apparent contradiction regarding “binah” in the bracha “Chonen Hada'at”

The Bracha Chonen Hada'at seems to have an apparent contradiction regarding "binah". The beginning of the blessing separates "da'at" from "binah" by implying that "G-d gives man graciously da'at and ...
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Ruling of the Chazon Ish on expelling an at-risk-of-nonobservance bad influence

In HaRav Aharon Feldman shlita book, "The Eye of the Storm", in the chapter entitled, "The Chazon Ish", Rav Feldman lists some questions that were asked to the Chazon Ish. One of them is, May a Rosh ...
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Planting grass during shmita

Is it permissible to plant grass during the shmita year? As this question indicates, there is a machloket regarding planting non-fruit trees during shmita. If grass is like a tree, it would be ...
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According to Jewish sources: which language came first, Hebrew or Aramaic?

I've heard that Aramaic and Hebrew are similar languages in vocabulary, syntax, and structure. There is, however, some debate about which is the older, or original, base language. After a bit of ...
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Must a future convert keep mitzvos?

MichaelS wrote: The case: Ben Noah in the process of giyur. Stood before the Beis Din and was asked question 'Will you follow the mitzvot as fully as a goy can up until the end of the process of ...
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Source for quote about a slight wrong being a serious matter

I heard someone quote an Avos D’Rabbi Noson which said, “If you have done your fellow man a slight wrong, let it be a serious matter in your eyes… but it you have done him much good, let it be a ...
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what if i can't find any bread for shabbos? [on hold]

I am going on a trip and am not sure that I will be able to find any challah or matza for shabbos. Is there something else I can use or should i just not make hamotzi with kiddish?
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loshon hora and shul

I heard that speaking Loshon Hora, Rechilus or to have arguments and quarreling is a serious crime in itself. It becomes an even greater sin when spoken in a shul or yeshiva, for the person, which ...
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Can tevilas keli be avoided by giving the item to another Jew and borrowing it back from him?

The idea of giving an item that is difficult to immerse in a mikvah to a non-Jew and then borrowing it back is known to me (see for example the answer from “Lechayam” to the related question Electric ...
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How hungry does a Jew have to be to eat non-kosher food?

I understand that Jews are allowed to eat non-kosher food in order to save their lives. My question is, how long does a Jew have to be deprived of food, before he or she is allowed to eat non-kosher ...
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What are good quality sites for Shidduchim

All: Boruch Hashem I am all set with my significant half but it becomes more and more revealed that we are living in "Shidduchim crisis". I wonder if there are good sites for Shidduchim - if so - ...
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Intent to include foods in bracha that exist only as ingredients

Given that one has a shehakol food as well as water and coffee beans, if one makes a shehakol on the other food intending to include the prepared coffee, and only then realizes that the coffee has not ...
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Is there a concept of a “Makom Kavu'ah” in a public area?

Some time ago, I was sitting on a NYC subway train on my way to work. A frum guy approached me and asked if I would mind moving as I was sitting in his "makom kavu'ah" (designated place). I was ...
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Who instituted the idea of moving parshat V'Zot Habracha to the middle of the week?

I understand that Ezra began the concept of an annual Torah cycle where each parsha is to be read on a Shabbat (except if coinciding with Yom Tov.) However, V'Zot Habracha was scheduled to be ...

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